Are you looking forward to getting the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen on your existing device? If so, you’ll have to wait until shortly after the launch of Windows Phone 8 in order to get your Apollo-themed goodness, even though the update is a fairly small one in the scheme of things.
Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7.8 update at the company’s summit last week, designed to bring the next generation Start screen to current models which, unfortunately, are unable to receive the full Windows Phone 8 (codenamed “Apollo”) OS. As soon as the announcement hit, some pundits began predicting that the update would be available “within weeks” or, at the very least, within just a few months. This, however, is obviously not the case.
In the Windows Phone 8 announcement post on the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explicitly stated that “[Microsoft would be] delivering it to existing phones as a software update sometime after Window (sic) Phone 8 is released.” Surprisingly, it took more than a week and a leaked AT&T memo for most people to discover this plainly obvious fact.